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Kumhar Mathuria in India

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Kumhar Mathuria in India

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Introduction / History
A Kumhar legend says that "once Brahma divided sugarcane among his sons and each of them ate his share, but the Kumhara who was greatly absorbed in his work, forgot to eat. The piece which he had kept near his clay lump struck root and soon grew into a sugarcane plant. A few days later, when Brahma asked his sons for sugarcane, none of them could give it to him, excepting the Kumhara who offered a full plant. Brahma was pleased by the devotion of the potter to his work."

The Kumhars are the communities that traditionally made pottery and other clay goods for sale. They also made toys and even Hindu idols with clay or terracotta.

They have low caste status, though they are certainly not at the bottom of the Hindu pecking order.

There are a couple of Kumhar communities, one of which is called Mathuria. This subgroup lives in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Rajasthan.

What are their lives like?
Those who remain potters sell their good locally, but the more fortunate have found international markets. It is very hard for these hard working people to make a living as potters. Therefore, a good percentage of them have gravitated to farming and animal husbandry.

Men dominate in the Mathuria Kumhar social structure. Men get credit for the goods they produce even when the wife does a large share of the work. Kumhar girls marry young and seldom get much education.

What are their beliefs?
The Mathuria Kumhar are Hindu and pray to the Lord Shiva, the destroyer god, and Goddess Mother Mata.

What are their needs?
Mathuria Kumhars need to learn new job skills. They need good schools for their children. Education is a challenge for the Kumhar since many of them lead nomadic lives. Children often quit school after a few years to help their parents earn a living. The Kumhar frequently lack access to modern medicine and clean water.

Believers can offer them Global Recordings Network materials and Scriptures in Use materials so they can listen to God's word as they work. God's word does not return void!

Prayer Points
Since there are no known believers among the Mathuria Kumhars, pray that they will hear and respond to the Lord's voice.

Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Mathuria Kumhar communities.

Pray that Mathuria Kumhar council leaders will come to Christ and lead others to him.

Pray that the church around the world will remember the Kumhar communities in intercession.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:83,000
Largest States:
Rajasthan (31,000)Uttar Pradesh (26,000)
Bihar (12,000)Jharkhand (10,000)
Delhi (1,300)Madhya Pradesh (1,100)
Chhattisgarh (1,000)
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People Name in Country: Kumhar Mathuria
People Name General: Kumhar Mathuria
Alternate People Names:
कुम्हार मतूरिया
ROP3 Code: 118000
Joshua Project People ID: 21177
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 83,000
Population all Countries: 83,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Kumhar
People Name General: Kumhar Mathuria
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Hindi (43,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Marwari (12,000)Bhojpuri (4,500)
Dhundari (2,000)Shekhawati (1,800)
Bagri (1,800)Magahi (1,200)
Awadhi (800)Maithili (500)
Chhattisgarhi (500)Haroti: Harauti (500)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 18
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1835-2019
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Kumhar Mathuria in India

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